Since 2009, the New York City Parks & Recreation Department in collaboration with the TREE Fund and our partners have provided hands-on job training in tree and plant care to underemployed or disenfranchised city youth. By utilizing NYC parks, expert trainers from TREE Fund partners STIHL Inc., Bartlett Tree Experts, Asplundh Tree Expert Co., and The Davey Tree Expert Company provide 2 weeks of specialized training during the 7 month program of applied education designed to teach and motivate young adults to become more aware and proactive in the wellness of the environment and provide intensive training in Arboriculture or Ecological Restoration tracks. 2011 saw its second class of MTTP graduates complete the program and 9 additional arboriculture trainees are on track to graduate in April 2012. For more information about the program, check out the Winter 2012 TREE Fund Report.
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